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I bought a Bianchi Brava some time back and all was fine - except the wheels gave out - spokes broke on front and rear - and I had a puncture. I am a heavy rider (195 lbs) and replaced the stock set wheels and tires with a set of Mavic Kysrium with Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase with which have been fine - I mention that as a point of reference - those wheels seem to work well for me.

Before making the switch I had broken spokes replaced and the wheels adjusted at two bike shops but spokes continued to pop. So I got the new wheels and hung up the originals.

Now I want to rebuild the original wheels with new spokes and maybe rims. I think the spokes busted because the wheels were built with too much or uneven spoke tension - but it could be the rims are not a good fit for a heavy rider such as myself either - or the spokes where junk - in any case - the hubs are certainly fine - and I am willing to go full bore and do spokes and rims if that's my best alternative.

If I rebuild - does anyone have a recommendation for some good spokes?

If I rebuild - should I purchase a different set of rims?

How does one measure spokes to be sure they fit?

Thanks your comments. /humble
 

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That original wheelset is hardly worth rebuilding. To do the job right, new spokes and rims should be used and that means you're getting close to the price of a new set of wheels. A couple of OpenPro rims and a set of DT Competition spokes will knock you back about $180-200. For $240 you could have these and the Ultegra hubs will be better than what you now have.

You figure out spoke lengths on one of the many spoke calculators.
 

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good point mike - i think i go for spoke replacement and just loosen the wheels and redish, retension them. /h
 
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